There's always plenty to chat about with Kady O'Malley.

On Wednesdays, CBCNews.ca's Politics blogger convenes a "people's caucus" to discuss and debate the issues of the week, so far.

Featured this week:

  • In an unexpected move, Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair has joined Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page's long-anticipated Federal Court case, asking for a clarification of the budget watchdog's mandate and whether he has the power to ask for specific financial information from federal departments.
  • As the Council of Canadians launches a telephone hotline so voters can report any suspicious phone calls or messages in the three ridings where a by-election campaign is underway (heading for a Nov. 26 vote), how much (if at all) do you think the vote controversies and tactics from the 2011 federal election will influence voters in Durham, Calgary Centre and Victoria?
  • With the Harper government still considering the proposed Chinese takeover of Calgary oilsands player Nexen and polls suggesting Canadians have doubts about the deal, what do you make of Justin Trudeau's support for the foreign takeover? What impact does that have on his and other parties' positioning on the issue, including the policy debate now underway in the federal Liberal leadership campaign?
  • Tonight the finance committee begins its clause-by-clause review of C-45, the second omnibus budget bill. Liberal Scott Brison has proposed 3,000 amendments. What does this portend for the bill's road to passage before Christmas?

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